Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences
Ph.D., Agronomy (Plant and Soil Sciences), University of Maryland
M.Agr., Agronomy (Plant and Soil Sciences), Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Agricultural Science, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 234 Luerssen Building
Dr. Michael Fidanza is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Penn State Berks. Fidanza’s research focus is turfgrass ecology, specifically turfgrass IPM and the evaluation of plant protection products (i.e., fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators) and cultural practices in turfgrass ecosystems, and the biology and ecology of fairy ring disease in turfgrass. Fidanza also investigates the benefits and uses of spent mushroom substrate for the lawn and landscape, crop production, and the environment. All research involves collaborations with scientists from many other academic institutions as well as industry. Dr. Fidanza is active in the American Phytopathological Society, American Society of Agronomy, American Society of Horticultural Science (Associate Editor for HortTechnology), Crop Science Society of America, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA Journal review board), Northeastern Weed Science Society of America, and many other professional and trade organizations. Fidanza also conducts pedagogical research, and teaches undergraduate courses in Biology 20A (Plants, Places, and People), Turf 235 (The Turfgrasses), and Soils 101 (Introduction to Soils), and has responsibilities with student advising. Dr. Fidanza was named by Golfweek’s SuperNews as one of the “Top 40 Green Industry Professionals Under the Age of 40”, and received the Howard O. Beaver Outstanding Community Service Award for the Penn State Berks Campus.
Most Recent Publications:
Fidanza, M.A., H.C. Wetzel III, M.L. Agnew, and J.E. Kaminski. 2006. Evaluation of fungicide and plant growth regulator tank-mix programmes on dollar spot severity of creeping bentgrass. Crop Protection 25:1032-1038.
Fidanza, M.A., P.F. Colbaugh, M.C. Engelke, S.D. Davis, and K.E. Kenworthy. 2005. Use of high-pressure injection to alleviate type-I fairy ring symptoms in turfgrass. HortTechnology 15:169-172.